Ronald Quinlan: Before food or heat or light, your property tax must be paid
WHEN it came to the non-payment of the €100 household charge, we were told by a succession of government ministers that there needed to be a distinction drawn between those who couldn't pay and those who wouldn't pay.
As of last Friday evening, some 494,708 of the 1.62 million household charge payments the State has been trying to collect remained unpaid, according to the latest figures released by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA).
That statistic alone goes a long way to explaining why Finance Minister Michael Noonan has outsourced the collection of the property tax to the Revenue Commissioners. The taxman will use a variety of methods, up to and including direct deductions from salary, pension and even social welfare payments, to ensure 100 per cent compliance from homeowners, regardless of their personal financial circumstances.